According to Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, one of the most important elements in your relationship with Them is the element of choice. Your Gods give you choices in life. They are always limited choices. You never get to choose between an infinite set of possibilities. Instead, you can only ever choose between a range of options that your Gods give you. Your life is a mix of elements that you have the option of changing and elements that you are stuck with. For example, you can change your hairdo, but you can’t change the fact that you need oxygen to live. You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your biological family members. Continue reading Salvation Concerns: Why does God block some souls from coming to Him?
The prophetic book of Malachi begins with this disturbing passage in which Yahweh is speaking to Jews living in the land of Judah:
“I have always loved you,” says Yahweh.
But you retort, “Really? How have You loved us?”
And Yahweh replies, “This is how I showed My love for you: I loved your ancestor Jacob, but I rejected his brother, Esau, and devastated his hill country. I turned Esau’s inheritance into a desert for jackals.”
Esau’s descendants in Edom may say, “We have been shattered, but we will rebuild the ruins.”
But the Sovereign Yahweh replies, “They may try to rebuild, but I will demolish them again. Their country will be known as ‘The Land of Wickedness,’ and their people will be called ‘The People with Whom Yahweh Is Forever Angry.’ When you see the destruction for yourselves, you will say, ‘Truly, Yahweh’s greatness reaches far beyond Israel’s borders!’” (Mal. 1:2-5)
It is commonly assumed that there are certain kinds of sins which God absolutely will not forgive no matter what. The idea is that if you commit one of these sins one time, you’re eternally damned. Different Christian denominations and individuals put forth various candidates for the “unforgivable list.” Popular choices which are based on various passages of Scripture are publicly disowning Christ (Lk. 12:8-10), refusing to forgive someone else (Mt. 6:14-15), blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Mt. 12:30-32, Mk. 3:28-30, Lk. 12:8-10), and intentionally sinning after salvation (Heb. 6:4-8, Heb. 10:26-29). Continue reading Understanding Unpardonable Sins: Lies vs. Truth
In your relationship with God, He always initiates. This means that you never start a conversation with God—you only ever continue a conversation that He’s already started with you. What Christians call “seeking more of God” is really just souls choosing to respond positively to God trying to get their attention.
God is like a man who is standing behind you tapping you on the shoulder. When you feel the tap, you choose to either turn around and engage, or you ignore the sensation and go on with what you were doing. Because they do not acknowledge how much God is involved in their lives, and because they are always trying to lead Him, Christians often take the glory for furthering their walks with God when really He is the One who deserves the credit for making the relationship possible. You see, you didn’t even know there was a God until the Holy Spirit started tapping your soul. And once you know there’s a God, you still have no idea what He wants from you. The Holy Spirit has to supply that information as well, and you can’t rush His timetable. God reveals Himself to you according to His schedule, not yours. And before He starts tapping you, you don’t even bother looking for Him. Continue reading Salvation: How do you know when you’ve met God’s requirements?
The Holy Spirit (aka the Holy Ghost) is God Almighty, not some random force of energy. Like Yahweh and Jesus, the Holy Spirit is omnipresent, which means He is everywhere at once. So if we want to be technically correct, no one is ever without the Holy Spirit. Both the saved and the unsaved are continuously benefiting from the Holy Spirit’s protection.
Simply put, salvation is a matter of submission. We must submit to our three Creators as the Supreme Authorities that They are. We can’t just submit to One while ignoring the other Two. Followers of Judaism claim to be obeying Yahweh as God while they reject the Divinity of Christ. Well, it was Yahweh who ordered us all to revere Jesus as a second God. As long as you’re blowing off Yahweh’s command and acting like His entire New Covenant is irrelevant, you are hardly obeying Him. Once the real Gods educate you on who They are and what They want, you will be judged by how your soul responds to Them. Continue reading Understanding Salvation: Getting the Holy Spirit
In Luke 13:22-30, we find Jesus traveling from city to city with His faithful few. We often picture Jesus surrounded by huge mobs of eager listeners, but this was not the norm. While thousands showed up on several occasions to watch a show of miracles, the longer Jesus spoke, the more people He offended, and the less followers He had. At this point in Luke, the numbers are looking pretty sad. So sad that a typical Christian church today would probably call for a strategy meeting and talk about how they could cut down on truth and add in more entertaining media snippets so that people who hate God would be able to sit through an hour long service without feeling offended. Today we’d probably call our pastor in for a condescending lecture on how he needs to stop listening to the Holy Spirit and just start regurgitating whatever slop the big boys are handing out in their mega churches. Today, we panic over low numbers and we simply refuse to accept that most of the people in the world hate God. Yet this is what God says, and it’s quite obvious that if most people aren’t interested in God, then we shouldn’t expect to find thousands of souls who are seeking Him conveniently clustered together in one small geographical region. But still we continue to chase the dream of the mega church, convinced that it is possible. What idiots we become when we stop listening to the Holy Spirit. But here in Luke 13, we find one of Jesus’ followers piping up with a question that we never ask today. Continue reading Understanding Jesus: Many Will Try To Enter But Won’t Be Able (Luke 13)
Have you been taught that the Bible is Divinely inspired, inerrant, infallible, and that you should believe every word that it says? If you believe this, you’re going to be totally led astray by one well-meaning yet most unhelpful theologian: the disciple John. John was one of the Twelve and a member of Jesus’ special inner circle of three favorites: Peter, John and James. At least it’s commonly assumed these three were His favorites, because they were the only ones He invited to come and witness the Transfiguration. When you see a man receiving such special favor from God, you naturally figure he really knows his stuff. And this is where you figure wrong, for God’s pleasure with us has nothing to do with how well we understand Him, but with the depth of our desire for Him.
We can be totally confused about everything, yet if our souls earnestly desire to please God, then He is going to be quite pleased with us. So just because you see God blessing someone with special insights, you shouldn’t assume that person is responding to those insights well, nor should you assume that they are a trustworthy teacher. John is not a trustworthy teacher. One minute he’s telling us solid truths, the next minute he’s making statements that are absolutely wrong. Some of the things that John says are so obviously wrong that we have to wonder how he didn’t see the error of his own logic. Yet we don’t wonder this because we’ve all been taught to trust in the man’s social connections instead asking the Holy Spirit for wisdom. It’s time to stop following the herd down the road of spiritual foolishness. Continue reading Salvation According to 1 John